August 25th, 2009, 09:44 AM
Here is the article, just printed this week. I will attempt to translate it to english this afternoon for you all.
August 25th, 2009, 10:34 AM
Here is a rough english translation of the article printed this week.
The SPCA Laurentides-Labelle recently withdrew no less than 35 cats and kittens from a house in Prévost, whose owner had obviously lost control of their pets. It is estimated that close to 100 cats lived at this place at a one time.
The owner however succeeded in giving away approx. fifty of the cats. Upon hearing of the situation, the SPCALL decided to send a representative to the home. The organization noted that the animals were not maltreated, but that the lady had managed to take care of the cat like livestock.
“None of the cats were sterilized and all the females were pregnant! ”, explains Corinne Gonzalez, director of the SPCALL, one of the rare adoption centers in Quebec that dosn't euthanise their animals and whose mission is to give a second chance to stray or abandoned animals and to educate the general public on the importance of sterilization.
If the “cat lady” had already succeeded in giving several away, obviously with the new kittens on the way, the problem is far from regulated.
“We can not seize the animals, but we convinced her to release the cats to us”, tells Mrs. Gonzalez, admitting that the lady kept two pregnant females…! Which worries the SPCALL. “One of our volunteers will make a follow-up to prevent that the situation does not occur again.”
Working at full capacity, the arrival of these cats is a cause for concern to the organization, whose building is already the home to some 200+ cats in adoption. “Being at full capacity, it is unfortunate that we must refuse others”, notes Corinne Gonzalez. This is why the SPCALL is launching an urgent call to the people who would like to adopt a cat. If the cost of $125 can discourage some potential adopters, it must be noted that all the animals are examined by a vet and that this price includes sterilization, the first series of vaccines and a deworming treatment, along with a temporrary transport box and a bag of food that the cats are currently being fed.
“And there are more far more expenses for us”, points out the director the' organization. For the SPCALL, the sterilization of the cats is of major importance to avoid this from happening over and over. “People do not realize how fast cats multiply! ”,says Corinne Gonzalez.
As an independant and not-for-profit organization, the SPCA Laurentides-Labelle does not receive any financing from the government, nor from other Canadian SPCAs. The organization survives thanks to donations, fundraisers and the help of over forty volunteers. Eight employees share the tasks of caring for all the animals seven days a week. Each year, nearly 1000 cats and dogs get adopted there. Located at 355 rue Demontigny in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, the center is opened to the public each day of between 1:00pm - 6:00pm (www.spcall.ca).